Win the War Against Dirt and Debris with a Central Vacuum System

VroomYou see it in the corners of each room of your house, under the sofa, along the baseboards, on the mantle, on the book shelf, floating through the air, glistening in the ray of sunlight that streams in through the front window.

It can be dust, dust mites, fur, hairballs, pet dander, pollen or any combination of it all.

It makes you sweep every day, even twice a day. It is the reason you pull out the vacuum cleaner and drag it and its cord around from room to room every day; and yet, after all the sweeping and the vacuuming, you look around and wonder why it looks like you barely did a thing.

Give yourself an advantage over all those allergens and unwanted foreign objects that constantly entrench themselves in your home.

Consider the installation of a central vacuum system. A central vacuum system allows you to move freely about your home, carrying only a lightweight hose and brush unit. Inlets located around your home transfer debris through tubing set within the walls to a receptacle usually located outside of your home in the garage. This set-up makes it easier for you to clean your house and, unlike traditional vacuum cleaners that recirculate air, keeps the dirt, dust, and dander out of your living space.

Breathe cleaner air more often. Trip over cords less often. Enjoy the rays of sunlight minus the floating objects.

For more information on central vacuum systems, contact Secur-Tek at 919-387-1800.

How secure is your home network?

hackersWe call it The Internet of Things. And it’s very likely that you have it in your house: you know, the connection of electronic devices to the Internet so that you can have access to them. It could be your baby monitor, your home security network, your heating/cooling system, your coffee pot or your refrigerator—all these things can be connected to the Internet so that you can check in and/or make adjustments to them via your computer or smart phone. The Internet of Things allows us to be connected to most everything these days, making it more convenient for us to access and control our devices from almost anywhere there is an Internet connection, as well as monitor our homes and the goings on inside.

No doubt the Internet of Things gives you peace of mind, knowing that you can check in on your baby from another room or while you’re out. It allows you to adjust the temperature in your- home, so that it’s that perfect 68 degrees when you get home from work. Or you can lower the temperature of your refrigerator so that your favorite beverage is chilled when you walk in the door. You can lock or unlock your doors from another location. The ease of it all is amazing, isn’t it?

Let’s take a minute, however, to play devil’s advocate. If you can access your home, others can, as well. The Internet opens the doors for many great things; yet at the same time that it opens the doors for you, it also presents the opportunity for hackers to get inside your home and take control just as you would. A hacker could take control of your home security system and disable your locks or cameras. A hacker could take control of your baby monitor and speak through it. That same person could take control of your computer and use the installed camera to spy on you.

A recent article in the News and Observer highlighted the risks to using companies that don’t  know what they’re doing – the non-experts that have got into the security game purely to make money.  So, how can you protect yourself and your family against these invasions of privacy?

To protect yourself from hackers, you need to make sure you have a system that is secure. Choosing a professional security company to install your systems is the best route. Security professionals can make sure that the equipment you use in your home conforms to safety standards and that any data you transmit over the Internet in order to control your devices is encrypted. They can set your system up so that the Internet of Things is convenient and secure, minimizing your risk to a hacker’s intrusion.

For more information on securing your family and home, contact Secur-Tek at 919-387-1800.  All consultations are complimentary.

Don’t Become a Fire Statistic

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the year 2011 brought 364,500 residential fires, which resulted in 2,450 deaths, and 85,400 non-residential fires, which resulted in 80 deaths. In 2012 there were 1,375,000 fires reported in the United States, which resulted in 2,855 civilian deaths, 16,500 civilian injuries, and $12.4 billion in property damage.

fireWhether at your home or your business, a fire can be devastating to your property, possessions and can possibly cause the loss of life. Clearly, fire is a force that should not be taken lightly but should be prevented as best as we can.

Deaths from residential fires in homes where there was an absence of smoke alarms or in which smoke alarms did not operate accounted for 60 percent of those deaths. The National Fire Protection Association says that the deaths occurring in homes without working smoke alarms “emphasizes the importance of taking personal responsibility when it comes to protecting yourself and your family from fire.”

What steps can you take to protect yourself, your family and your property?

Installing and making sure that smoke alarms are in working order could help save lives. As an added precaution, some home security monitoring companies offer fire detection services. These fire detection services monitor for the presence of smoke in the structure or for increased temperature. If either is detected, the local fire department is alerted.

Secur-Tek, a security and home automation company located in Apex NC, offers our own affordable fire detection system. The system includes manual pull stations that allow for the manual activation of the system, as well as supervised smoke detectors for additional protection.

In 2012, a fire department responded to a fire every 23 seconds, and one civilian injury was reported every 32 minutes while one civilian fire death occurred every 3 hours and 4 minutes.

Having a fire detection system in place could make a huge difference in your life; it could save lives.  It could make the difference between life and you and your family becoming a statistic.

Contact us today to find out how we can help.

Home Automation Ideas

Automated Life* How many remote controls do you have on your end table? Is there one for the TV, one for the cable box, and one for the stereo system?

* Do you find yourself following the kids or your partner around the house, from room to room, shutting off the lights?

* Is taking a last walk-through of your home, checking whether all the doors and windows are locked, part of your nightly pre-bed ritual?

* Do you often wonder, after you’ve driven away from your house, whether you locked the front door or closed the garage?

Wouldn’t it be amazing if somehow, some way, all those things that you checked on every day were just “right” all the time? Could you imagine if instead of all those controls for all those devices in your house they were somehow combined into just one device—where you wouldn’t have to sit there and struggle with programming or fixing or doing anything to get that one device?

What would you be willing to do to simplify your life and your home? Would you be willing to pick up the phone and call 919-387-1800? That’s all it would take to get started on home automation.

Secur-Tek of Apex NC has a solution to all the things that you need to keep up with in your home and in your life so that you have a sense of peace. Control4 Home Automation has a system that brings all your devices, electronics, and even the lighting in your home, under one control panel, that you can easily access at home or from anywhere in the world via the Internet.

With the Control4 Home Automation solution, you can have the lights in your home turn on and off via motion sensors or based on the time of day. You can set the lights in different rooms of your home to turn on or off to a certain level, depending on need and usage. Not only does this spare you the need to walk from room to room switching off lights in unoccupied rooms, but it saves you time and frees you up to think about and do other things.

You can even control remotely the locking of your doors. If you in fact did leave the front door unlocked on your way out one day, you’d receive an alert on your cell phone. From your smart phone, you can then lock the door. No need to worry or turn back.

With the addition of the Control4, things can be simpler because you’re bringing many things under one central command center, from which you can control it all. You can simplify your home, secure your home, and even reduce utility bills through this automated solution.

Contact Secur-Tek to find out more about its home automation solution and how it can help make your life simpler and your home more enjoyable.

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